I’m a musician, composer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist (voice, piano, guitar, drums, bass and cello) who specialises in rock/pop, jazz, country/folk, classical from Manchester, UK.
“Manchester-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Holt has long been championed by music industry giants, such as legendary producer Brian Eno, and the listening public alike. With an arresting voice that is reminiscent of John Lennon or early Bob Dylan, wily lyrics and an upbeat weave of rock, prog and blues. The craftsmanship and energy of James’ songwriting translates effortlessly to his stage performance, having performed at the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and sellout shows at the Deaf Institute, Manchester and Hope & Anchor, London - it’s easy to see why his remarkable music is turning heads.”
"Brisk, funny, exciting… feels fresh and exciting to listen to.” - Brian Eno.
Radio play: BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC 6music, Radio X (playlist), KCRW, KEXP, WFMU, BBC Introducing.
Recent live performance highlights: Deaf Institute (Manchester sold-out headline show, 4th Oct 2019), Hope & Anchor (Islington, debut headline London show 17th Oct 2019), Royal Albert Hall (solo, proms event), UK tour dates with JS Ondara (including sold-out Bush Hall, London), two supports slots for Slow Readers Club (The Trades Club and Bury Met), Trades Club (Hebden Bridge, 2 shows supporting Rozi Plain + Billie Marten), Manchester Cathedral (WWI commemorative event/commission), Liverpool Sound City (2018 & 2019).
- BA in Music at University of Salford
- MA in Music Composition at University of Salford
- Awarded Best Post-graduate Student within the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford, 2017
- Derek Scott Prize for composition, 2013/14
- Elgar Howarth Composition Shield 2014